Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is taking steps to fund research on agriculture’s impact on the environment. According to a news release, the purpose of the research is to, “help farmers and livestock producers have a beneficial impact on the environment, while continuing to grow the economy.”
The announcement, made by Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, in mid-November, will see funding go to three projects by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bio-resources, School of Environment and Sustainability, and the Global Institute for Water Security. In all, the government hopes the research projects will help reduce the environmental footprint of the agriculture sector.
The $3.4 million investment is from the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program (AGGP). The research will focus on farm based greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation practices and technologies.
“Canadian farmers are great stewards of the land and the environment. These new investments through the Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program are part of the Government’s commitment to addressing climate change and ensuring our farmers are world leaders in the use and development of clean and sustainable technologies and processes.”
– Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food